Never a better time for a spring clean

never a better time

The hibernation of winter has now made way for the crisp warmth of spring. Throw open the doors and windows, get the fresh air circulating again and set some time aside to get into a thorough spring clean to herald the end of winter.



The winter chill means more time spent beneath throw rugs, blankets and heavy quilts. Many washing machines have specific cycles for throw rugs and woollen blankets, while quilts can benefit from time outside in the sunshine or a trip to the dry cleaners.

If you have been using the drier to dry your sheets over winter, now is the time to hang them outside on the line in the sunshine to help kill bacteria and dust mites. It is also better for the environment and your hip pocket.

If possible, try to get your mattress outside into the sun to air it and get rid of the dust mites and bacteria. Failing that, sprinkle some bi-carb soda on it, leave it for a few hours and then vacuum it up to leave it clean and fresh.


Take a look around the house and use the warmer weather to wash all those other soft furnishings that may be stuffy after the winter hiatus. Wash throw pillows, curtains, door mats… anything that will fit into the washing machine!


Every now and then the kitchen needs a deep clean to remove built up bacteria and germs. A good place to start is the oven, which is often used more in the cooler months. If you’d rather not use the potent commercial products, a mix of water and bi-carb soda can work wonders when left to soak overnight. Similarly, gas stovetops can benefit from a thorough clean by removing all of the elements and cleaning the nooks and crannies in between.

Rangehoods also do their fair share, especially when the house is closed up against the winter chill. Remove the mesh and soak it with a white vinegar and bi-carb solution before rinsing in hot water.


Day after day, tiny grains of dirt and bacteria get stuck into carpets and build up to a dull film across the ground. Hire a professional carpet cleaner for a day to get deeper into the fibres than a regular vacuum cleaner can. Not only are the cosmetic results astounding; you will also be able to breathe easier.


Now is the perfect time to get rid of any clothes, toys and bedding that you may not use anymore. Anything that is still in good condition can be donated to local charities, who do a fantastic job at helping the less fortunate. There are many in the local area, including:

Turning Point Camden
Lifeline Macarthur Smeaton Grange

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